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The Non-commercial Movement of Pet Animals


This webpage was last updated on 8 July 2013.


Travel to Hungary with dogs, cats and ferrets of non-commercial purpose

The movement of pet animals of non-commercial purposes to EU and between EU member states is regulated by 998/2003/EC Regulation.

Hungarian implementing Regulation is 147/2004. (X.1.) MARD Decree.



New rules entered into force as from July 2013. However, the new Regulations shall only apply after a transitional period from 29 December 2014. 

Summarized requirements applicable when entering into Hungary:

Waiting period does not means spending the 3 month in a quarantine facility, but the animal has to remain in the country of origin in that 3 month period after the blood sample was taken.

If the rabies serological test had been carried out once with a favourable result, and the animal has been revaccinated before the validation of the vaccination would have been expired according to the manufacturer's recommendation, the rabies serological test is valid for the lifetime of the animal, no additional rabies serological test shall carry out.


Travelling with pet animal under 3 months old 

Member States may authorise the movement of dogs, cats and ferrets which are under three months old and unvaccinated, if they are accompanied by a passport and have stayed in the place in which they were born since birth without contact with wild animals likely to have been exposed to the infection or are accompanied by their mothers on whom they are still dependent.

Hungary only authorise the non-commercial movement of dogs/cats/ferrets under three months old, and therefore unvaccinated against rabies, if the 02/16/1/2008. numbered health cerificate is accompanied in addition. (pdf


National Rules Applying To Entry of Pets Less Than 3 Months in Other Member States


Travelling with pet bird(s) to Hungary

Movement of pet birds accompanying their owners into Hungary is regulated by 2007/25/EC Commission Decision with applicable model health certificate and declaration in its Annex. Last amendment of this piece of legislation is 2010/734/EU Commission Decision.


Travel to Hungary with pet animals other than dogs, cats, ferrets and pet birds (e.g. rodents, reptilia, amphibia) of non-commercial purpose

  • up to 5 animal's movement can be considered as non-commercial

  • the animal(s) has/have to travel with the owner or a person responsible

  • health certificate provided here can be used to accompany the animal, but no legal obligation existing for the use of it (in case of air transport IATA can have requirement an accompanying document to have).


Pet animal (border) entry points of EU (including Hungary):


Relevant EU webpage:


Short videos on eradicating rabies in Europe


Relevant pieces of legislation:




The animal health requirements are determined by the concerned third country. The known English languaged third country pet animal information webpages are the following:

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XmlStart DG SANCO Explanatory Note on Identification of Animals of 998/2003/EC /data/cms/138/920/Explanatory_note_998_2003.pdf application/pdf 61 1309255153596 Common understanding on the term of accompanying person /data/cms/147/290/d312033_DG_SANCO_working_document_pet_definition.pdf application/pdf 20 1338879872491